a dialogue of the deaf

a dialogue of the deaf

A situation in which people share their views without actually listening or acknowledging each other. As long as those two are still in a dialogue of the deaf, we'll never reach an agreement. A: "Wait, that negotiation is still going on?" B: "Oh yes. Both sides are locked in a dialogue of the deaf!" Guys, shouting at each other in a dialogue of the deaf is not going to solve anything—you need to actually listen to each other.
See also: deaf, dialogue, of
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dialogue of the deaf

a discussion in which each party is unresponsive to what the others say.
The French equivalent dialogue des sourds is also sometimes used in English.
See also: deaf, dialogue, of
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